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London to Get Free Wi-Fi During Olympics, Thanks to O2

O2, a leading mobile operator in the UK, has confirmed that it is all set to provide internet access to a huge number of Londoners, residents of Westminster, Chelsea and Kensington as well as visitors during the forthcoming Olympics.

The mobile operator signed agreements with local authorities along with other telecom companies to provide this facility. On Friday, O2 confirmed this news through a press release.

Councillor Phillippa Roe, Cabinet Member for Strategic Finance at Westminster City Council, also confirmed that the agreement between O2 and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea as well as Westminster City Council has been signed to "ensure that the millions of visitors that come to the city have the best experience possible and can make the most of what London has to offer", reports Mashable (opens in new tab).

On the other hand, chief operating officer of O2, Derek McManus, stated that, "Our £500m annual network investment programme is focused on integrating new layers of technology into the existing network to enable a seamless and sustained customer experience."

The absolutely free service, however, will be subsidised through the display of adverts on the user's devices. The user will have to go through one-off registration process to access the service, reported ZDNet (opens in new tab).

Ravi Mandalia
Ravi Mandalia

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